In case you’ve been living under a rock this past month, Albert Pujols in entering the final year of his current contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
After setting a deadline of the start of spring training to get a new deal done, the two sides fell short. Pujols has repeatedly stated that he will not hold contract discussions during the season, so with no deal finalized, the Cardinals will have to wait until the fall to begin talking about a contract extension.
Reports have the slugger seeking a 10-year, $300 million deal, which would make Pujols the highest paid player in the league. The Cardinals, however, think that’s a big too high of a price to pay, even for a player of Pujols’ caliber. Unfortunately for St. Louis, there is much speculation that if they don’t pay him that money, then someone will. The most often talked about teams are the Cubs, Angels and even the Yankees.
What can the Cardinals do to keep Prince Albert? Here are a few “unique” contract clauses they can include to keep Albert in St. Louis. Some are more realistic than others, but it’s about thinking outside the bun, right?